Anemia

in Health Conditions

Anemia

(low red blood cell count – erythrocytes)

Symptoms:

  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Poor performance
  • Weak muscles
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Poor immunity
  • Allergies
  • Chronic Infections – bacterial, viral or yeast
  • Respiratory problems
  • Frequent Illness
  • Depression
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Increased heart rate

Causes:

  • Low Iron levels
  • Low Vitamin B12 levels
  • Low Folic acid levels
  • Parasites – refer to Parasite Page
  • Poor nutrient absorption

Treatment

Diet & Nutrition:

  • No oats or barley both of which can block the absorption of iron

Recommended Remedies – dosage as per labels:

  • Iron-Up – Anemia, energy, circulation
  • Vitamin B12 – Anemia, energy, metabolism
  • Folic Acid – Anemia, improves iron absorption, tissue repair
  • Vitamin C – Increases iron absorption
  • Pro-Colon probiotics – To increase nutrient absorption from food

Special Notes:

  1. a) Blood tests are not accurate indicators for assessing nutrient status – there are many horses (and people for that matter) who are anemic and will never know it because the blood tests are normal:

– Blood levels of nutrients fluctuate from hour to hour

– Nutrient levels in the blood do not accurately reflect nutrient levels in the tissues and organs where nutrients can be deficient for years and never detected

– The blood is the last vehicle in the body to alter its nutrient levels

  1. b) Iron is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in horses – mostly   undiagnosed/untreated